JRS ITALY (CENTRO ASTALL) -
challenge for forced migrants in Italy is social
inclusion. Recognised refugees face the most
difficulties. Integration programmes are only offered to
asylum seekers, and for a short time after one obtains a
cannot house everyone, and accommodation is only granted
for up to six
months. Italian law enables asylum seekers to work after
six months, but people are not
supported even if they cannot find work. The social
system is poorly funded and many
refugees are left with no chance of having normal lives;
they end up living on the streets.
JRS responds by
providing a soup kitchen, accommodation, outreach
centres, Italian language courses, integration support
desks, and medical care points in Rome, Palermo, Catania,
Trento, Naples, Milan, Padua and Vicenza.
JRS ITALY ACTIVITIES IN 2012
•34,000 asylum seekers and refugees served; meals five days a
week for 400 migrants.
•576 migrants attended Italian language classes; asylum and
interreligious dialogue projects for 13,320 10-18 year old
students in 100 schools.
“I left Somalia and arrived
to Italy by boat in 2012. I went through Ethiopia, the Sahara,
Sudan and Libya. It was a terrible journey. In Sudan and Libya I
was even imprisoned, but I managed to flee. I left my country
because of the many problems and I hoped for a better life here.
On the journey I was
treated like an animal. And then I found none of what I had
hoped for. In Rome, refugees face destitution
and misery and I experienced the terrible conditions in which my
countrymen, who have also fled, live”.
Awas, 26 year old,
refugee from Somalia
Fr Giovanni La Manna SJ,
Associazione Centro Astalli, Via degli Astalli 14/A - I-00186
Tel: +39-06 697 003 06 or + 39-06 678 12 46 - Fax: +39-06 679 67
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